Coming into the season, one of the biggest concerns for this Chicago Bears team (aside from the obvious offensive line issues) was the secondary, particularly with the safeties.
The Bears began the season with a couple of youngsters back there, in second year man Chris Conte and third year safety Major Wright. It’s probably safe to say that any fears over the safety spot have been quelled by the two early on in the season, particularly on the side of Wright.
For multiple reasons, Wright has been a disappointment in his first few years with the Bears. A main issue has been his health, playing in just 23 games in his first two full seasons with the Bears. He came into this season completely healthy, and his performance is showing it.
As we all saw on Monday night, this Chicago Bears defense is still dominant. They made Tony Romo looked absolutely foolish, to the tune of five interceptions. Wright had two of those interceptions, one coming on a deflection and another off of an easy read to give Romo his fifth of the night.
You can tell that Wright looks more comfortable. He’s playing the run effectively and we’ve seen the improvements already with how he is playing in the passing game. After zero interceptions in his first year, Wright already has three in four games, tying his career high. That includes an interception return for a touchdown in Week 3.
There are plenty of other breakout stars on this Bears defense. Look no further than Henry Melton or Tim Jennings for examples of that. But Major Wright is quickly erasing any concerns that folks had over this safety pairing. It took him a little longer than anyone would have liked, but he’s finally starting to come into his own as a starting safety for the Chicago Bears.